An Extraordinary Cultural Journey to Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia

Overview

The beguiling lands of Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia offer a world of enchantment, with their traditional cultures, gorgeous scenery, elegant architecture, and mouth-watering cuisines. Our journey immerses you deeply in this stunning realm, beginning with a private baci (“welcoming”) ceremony with villagers, a scenic trip on the Mekong River, and a visit to a local silk-weaving community in Luang Prabang, Laos’ regal town of gilded temples. In Vietnam, we explore the vibrant streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter by bicycle rickshaw, overnight aboard a private junk in magical Halong Bay, watch fishermen bring their catch to market in the well-preserved 17th century trading port of Hoi An, and marvel at the natural caves and Buddhist sanctuaries near Hue. Our grand finale is at dazzling Angkor Wat, Cambodia’s surreal jungle-shrouded city of temples lost in time.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4
Luang Prabang, Laos

In Luang Prabang, we stroll among 15th century shrines, boat up the Mekong River to the Buddhist caves at Pak Ou, and visit Hmong and Khamu hilltribe villages.

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Days 5-11
Hanoi, Vietnam / Halong Bay / Hoi An / Hue

Taking in Hanoi’s Old Quarter by bicycle rickshaw, we enjoy a lunch of cha ca, Hanoi’s famous fish and noodle specialty, and visit the studio of a local artist. Halong Bay, a mystic realm of limestone islands set in a jade-green sea, is the setting for our overnight cruise aboard a traditional junk. In picturesque Hoi An, we visit a lively quayside market, then head to Hue to explore the royal tombs of the Nguyen emperors and their imperial citadel.

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Days 12-16
Saigon / Temples of Angkor, Cambodia

After experiencing bustling Saigon, we head to the temples of Angkor. Covered with intricate bas-reliefs and scattered across a tropical landscape, they are a lasting monument to the glory of a bygone Khmer civilization. Amid some of the world’s architectural masterpieces, we explore majestic jungle-draped temples and structures with detailed carvings and colossal sculptured Buddha images. Depart on Day 16.

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Highlights

Highlights

Walk the atmospheric lanes of Luang Prabang, a World Heritage Site
Discover Hanoi by bicycle rickshaw
Delight in the incredible beauty of Halong Bay aboard our private junk
Roam the immense temple city of Angkor Wat

Details

Length: 16 days
Cost From: $6095  
Arrive: Luang Prabang, Laos
Depart: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Lodging: 14 nights deluxe hotels, 1 night aboard private traditional junk
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 4 dinners
Activity: Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

Cultural explorations and walking tours